R.J. Shelton named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Matt Macksood, Tyler O'Connor and Josiah Price garner Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth time.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Aaron Burbridge named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.
Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against No. 2 Ohio State.
USATSI Gallery - Northwestern @ Michigan State
The Spartans topped Iowa in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played multiple positions on the offensive line in 14 games of action, including eight starts . . . started four games at right guard (Air Force, Central Michigan, Purdue, Rutgers) and four games at left guard (Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State) . . . had 40 knockdowns during the regular season . . . named the team’s recipient of the Tommy Love Award (most improved player: offense) . . . saw action at center on MSU’s game-winning, 22-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . had a winning grade while playing 18 snaps vs. Penn State . . . started at left guard at No. 2 Ohio State and tallied two knockdowns in his 18 snaps . . . started at left guard vs. Maryland and graded out a winner; saw action for 46 snaps and had six knockdowns . . . played 13 snaps at guard at Nebraska and had two knockdowns in posting a winning grade . . . played a majority of the Indiana game at center (63 snaps out of 75), although he started at left guard against the Hoosiers . . . had 3.5 knockdowns and played 67 snaps in his first career start at left guard in win at No. 12 Michigan . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 8.5 knockdowns in 51 snaps at Rutgers . . . played 54 snaps at right guard vs. Purdue and had two knockdowns . . . delivered a career-high 9.5 knockdowns and played 56 snaps against Central Michigan . . . earned his first career start at right guard vs. Air Force and played 49 snaps; had four knockdowns . . . played 27 snaps at right guard against Oregon and posted a winning grade; entered the lineup following an injury to starting right tackle Kodi Kieler, as previous starting right guard Donavon Clark moved to right tackle . . . played both guard and center in the season-opening win over Western Michigan, playing 12 snaps against the Broncos and posting a winning grade.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . played 60 offensive snaps, including a season-high 26 vs. Eastern Michigan (four knockdowns).
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made his only appearance of the season against Youngstown State . . . 2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top offensive guards by ESPN.com (No. 25), 247Sports.com (No. 27) and Rivals.com (No. 40) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Ohio’s top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 14), 247Sports.com (No. 35) and Rivals.com (No. 50) . . . two-year starter and two-time all-conference pick for Coach Ron Ullery at Centerville (Ohio) High School . . . second-team All-Ohio (Division I) selection by The Associated Press in 2011 . . . named to AP Southwest All-District Team . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Elks average 332.0 rushing yards and 39.3 points per game in 2011 . . . recorded 65 knockdowns as a senior, including 16 domination blocks . . . Elks averaged 5.8 yards per carry as 90 percent of the team’s runs went behind him in 2011 . . . produced 38 knockdowns, including 10 domination blocks, as a junior while the Elks averaged 320 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per rush . . . four-year letterman in track and field . . . son of Michael and Tracy McGowan . . . born Dec. 12, 1993 . . . graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in May 2016 . . . is currently pursuing his master’s degree in criminal justice.